From 05-01-1888/17-01-1888 until 10-01-1888/22-01-1888. To rehearse and conduct a concert of his own works at the Konventgarten (08-01-1888/20-01-1888), including the Serenade for String Orchestra, the Piano Concerto No. 1 (soloist Vasily Sapelnikov (1867-1941)), and the Theme with Variations from the Suite No. 3. There were cordial meetings with Daniel Rahter, Josef Sittard, and Theodor Avé-Lallemant, who "Almost with tears in his eyes exhorted me to leave Russia and settle in Germany"
From 26-02-1889/10-03-1889 until 04-03-1889/16-03-1889. To conduct his Symphony No. 5 at a Philharmonic Society concert (03-03-1889/15-03-1889), At rehearsals he met Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), Josef Sittard, and Willy Burmester. "My new symphony was an enormous success, and everyone without affectation treated me as an old and dear friend".
From 17-05-1891/29-05-1891 until 18-05-1891/30-05-1891. Returning from his American tour on the steamship Fürst Bismarck, Tchaikovsky stayed overnight at the Hôtel Saint Pétersbourg.